“HANGOVER” hunk Bradley Cooper’s short-lived marriage to Hollywood beauty Jennifer Esposito has come back to haunt him!
Without naming names, the former “Blue Bloods” actress apparently blasts Cooper as a “master manipulator” with a “mean, cold side” in her new memoir.
THE COUPLE WED IN December 2006, and Jennifer, 41, slapped the “American Hustle” star, 39, with divorce papers just four months later.
“Jennifer hasn’t said word one about her marriage to Bradley all these years. She’s wanted to take the high road,” said a friend.
“But publishers told her there was no way she could write a book about her life and not give readers something about her marriage to one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. She did it – reluctantly.”
While the “Crash” star doesn’t identify Cooper by name in her memoir, “Jennifer’s Way,” a friend says that it isn’t hard to figure out who she’s talking about while referring to their disastrous romance and blink-and-you missed it marriage.
Jennifer describes Cooper as “funny, smart, cocky, arrogant and a master manipulator,” and writes that she fell under his spell despite “an entire marching band squad of red flags.”
She claims Cooper had a “mean, cold side,” and writes that her painful struggle with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder triggered by consumption of gluten found in grains was, like her needs, a “nonissue” with him.
Their marriage imploded after she attended a spiritual conference to help her cope with her health woes, she said.
“Within days, my relationship hit an all-time low, and within a week it was over,” she wrote. “Abruptly, rudely, and with the exact callousness that I’d come to expect from him.”
Jennifer has bounced back to find love with British model Louis Dowler, who once dated Oscar winner Kate Winslet. Dowler helps run Jennifer’s gluten-free bakery in New York, and the two are set to marry later this year.
Her ex, meanwhile, has gone on to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and most eligible bachelors, and a friend says Cooper was “floored” by Jennifer’s digs.
“Bradley certainly isn’t proud of that period of his life,” explained the friend. “But he feels like he’s grown as a person since then – and he and Jennifer agreed long ago to never talk about their marriage and divorce.
“He feels blindsided. What Jennifer wrote about him certainly doesn’t do him any PR favors in Hollywood.”